escalating tourism threatens park conservation

At December’s United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity summit (COP15), an insidious threat emerged to national parks — even as scientists argued for expanding protected areas. The World Travel & Tourism Council wants commercial tourism to be allowed to build developments in national parks globally, without obligation to help finance park conservation (see This would undermine existing private tourism developments that do support conservation.

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